Diaz Departs MHS For UD

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Screen Shot 2014-06-01 at 10.14.58 AMBy Sara Lingo, MHS Student Reporter

Mr. Rene M. Diaz, Milford High School (MHS) U.S. History and Honors Civics teacher, left the High School on Friday, May 16 to pursue a new occupation in Georgetown, Delaware, as a Director of 4H Afterschool Programs for Sussex County through the University of Delaware Cooperative Extension.Diaz said that he wanted a new educational challenge and working with the University of Delaware will provide him with an excellent opportunity to pursue his academic goals at little cost to no cost. He also noted that if he stays with the University, he will be able to provide his children with great educational benefits.

“What I will miss the most about working at Milford is the relationships I built with the students and my colleagues,” expressed Diaz. “I viewed my students and my colleagues as family and it was definitely hard to leave. There will always be a special place in my heart for Milford.”

Diaz began his career in the Milford school district in 2006 and has taught various classes for various age groups. For his first year, Diaz worked as a behavioral coach that handled discipline concerns at the Morris Early Childhood Center. In August of 2007, Diaz student taught with Mr. Jim Frketic and Mrs. Veronica Evans, both of whom are MHS social studies teachers.

With acquired knowledge, Diaz spent his first couple of years teaching American History, World History and Geography/economics for ninth grade. When the ninth graders moved into the Milford Central Academy three years ago, he stayed at the high school and taught U.S. history and Honors Civics, which he had been teaching for three years.

“[Mr. Diaz] was a very kind and passionate person who cared about his students,” commented Mr. William “B.J.” Joseph, a U.S. History and American Government teacher at MHS who became good friends with Mr. Diaz after Mr. Diaz began to help coach the boys’ basketball team alongside him five years ago. “He will be missed.”

Diaz earned his bachelor’s degree for American History from the University of Delaware and later received his bachelor’s degree for teaching social studies in grades 7-12 from Wilmington University. Currently, Diaz is working on earning his Master’s degree for Humanities from California State Dominguez Hills.